The plenary speakers will be:

Brian A. Catlos is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Research Associate at the University of California Santa Cruz, and co-director of the Mediterranean Seminar. His work centers on questions of ethno-religious identity and communal relations and on the pre-Modern Mediterranean. His books include The Victors and the Vanquished: Christians and Muslims of Catalonia and Aragon, ca. 1050–1300 (Cambridge: 2004), Muslims of Medieval Latin Christendom, ca. 1050–1614 (Cambridge: 2014), and Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors: Power, Faith and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 2014). He was won many fellowships and book and article prizes. His next book will be Paradoxes of Plurality: Ethno-Religious Identity in the Medieval Mediterranean and Beyond.

Martin K. Foys is the Executive Director of the International Society for Anglo-Saxonists and Co-Director of the DM Project - He is an associate professor of English at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His publications include the Bayeux Tapestry Digital Edition (2003), Virtually Anglo-Saxon: Old Media, New Media, and Early Medieval Studies in the Late Age of Print (2007), and Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations (2009).